||I am making a desk / workbench for a local gun collector
here, everything will be red oak from a local mill, with an early American
stain and semi-gloss poly finish.
Photo at left I'm milling out one of the many styles
for the frames to support the desk. Note the feather boards hold the work
piece down tightly. I bought these from Hartville Tools from the link on the right. You can also find
similar feather boards at Rockler.
||Here I'm making the rail cuts. These will fit into the
styles at the top and bottom of the frames. The white piece of wood has
a mating route to the rail so when the router bit exits the work piece
it will not splinter. The clamp on the miter gauge is a good idea, the
bit tends to push the workpiece away. Styles and rails are cut good face
down with my bits. These
are the bits I use.
In this next pic, I'm "raising" the panel.
Please remember that these opperations must never be done
freehand! Only use the style and rail cutters, and the panel raiser in
table designed to swing these large bits!
||Be sure to slow down the panel
raising bit speed, I'm at 12k rpms for this 3-1/2" bit. The little
pin just to the right of the work piece is used to stead the work while
it enters the bit. Once the work is riding on the bit bearing, just rotate
your angle of attack just a bit to back off the pin. Also notice the back
of the panel has been relieved, this makes the front of the panel even
with the front of the frame.